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E1886e - Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

Major damage has been caused by series of earthquakes that occurred on April 14 and 16, 2016 in Kumamoto Prefecture. The epicenter was Kumamoto region of Kumamoto Prefecture, and the seismic intensity of these earthquakes were seven. Based on information through February 22, 2017, this article reports situations of libraries within Kumamoto Prefecture in need of time to recover from damage caused by the earthquake.

E1864e - Impact on Libraries by the Earthquake with Epicenter in Central Tottori

An earthquake with its epicenter in Central Tottori that struck on October 21, 2016 caused wide range of damages. This report presents status of libraries impacted by this earthquake based on information available up to December 7, 2016.

E1834e - Long Road to Preservation and Utilization of Materials: In Response to the Kumamoto Earthquake

On July 3, 2016, Network for Historical Materials (hereafter Shiryo Net, see CA1743) hosted a symposium “Long Way to Preservation and Utilization of Materials: Kumamoto Earthquake (資料保全と活用の長い道のり―熊本地震によせて―)” at Umeda Intelligent Laboratory of Kobe University in Osaka City. Sixty people participated. As one of the organizers, I will summarize in this report issues discussed at the symposium.

E1797e - Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake (As of March 31, 2016) (2)

This report introduces status of libraries in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake between the end of February 2016 and the end of March 2016, following past Current Awareness-E report (see E1796)....

E1796e - Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake (As of March 31, 2016) (1)

This report, along with the article that follows (see E1797), introduces status of libraries in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake between the end of February 2016 and the end of March 2016, following past Current Awareness-E report (see E1771 and others). Five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, diverse activities and efforts have been made among libraries in disaster affected regions as well as all across Japan. ...

E1795e - Impact of Kumamoto Earthquake on Libraries

Major damage has been caused by series of earthquakes that occurred between April 14 and 16, 2016 in Kumamoto Prefecture. Epicenters were Kumamoto and Aso regions, and the seismic intensity of these earthquakes were over six-lower, including two sevens. This article reports situations of libraries affected by the earthquake based on information through May 18, 2016. Please note that information has not been fully covered due to difficulties in obtaining information about regions with major damage. ...

E1708e - Workshops on Organization and Preservation of Documents, Photos, and Videos Related to the Great East Japan Earthquake

The National Diet Library (NDL) has released “NDL Great East Japan Earthquake Archive (nickname: Hinagiku)” since March 7, 2013. This portal site allows unified search of records related to the Great East Japan Earthquake, and was established based on “Seven Principles for the Reconstruction Framework” and “Basic Guidelines for Reconstruction in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.” In order to nationally collect, preserve, and release records of the Great East Japan Earthquake, NDL promotes partnerships between archives managed by other institutions and “Hinagiku” (partnered with 44 archives as of end of July 2015). NDL also provides assistance to archival activities of disaster records....

E1640e - Thinking about the Future of Libraries in Fukushima <Report>

A forum “Thinking about the Future of Libraries in Fukushima” was held at the 16th Library Fair & Forum (PACIFICO Yokohama) on November 6, 2014. In Part I titled “Libraries in Fukushima Prefecture Today (福島県における図書館の今),” the author looked back on situations from immediate aftermath of the disaster through today to create an opportunity to reconsider the role of libraries as hubs for information. Discussed were types of information that libraries needed after the disaster as well as types of information that libraries were asked for. Also discussed were efforts that libraries should make for livelihood of residents facing new phase as municipalities undergo reconstruction. In Part II titled “Libraries in Municipalities Accepting Residents of Evacuation Order Zone (避難指定区域の住民の受け入れている自治体の図書館について),” municipal governments of Aizuwakamatsu and Iwaki reported cases of assistance for evacuees. These two municipalities have accepted several residents under evacuation due to the nuclear accident. Discussed at the symposium were situations of library services and problems that emerged. ...

E1782e - Trends of Open Access (OA) in 2015 in Current Awareness-R

Among “Current Awareness-R” (CA-R) blog entries in 2015, several articles discussed the topics of digital archives (digitization), distribution of academic information, and Open Access (OA). This article will review these entries in 2015 from the perspective of OA, also a focus of “Current Awareness Portal” (CA Portal).

E1781e - What is “Research on Libraries as well as Library and Information Science”?

The National Diet Library (NDL) outsources research on libraries as well as library and information sciences (hereafter “research”) to research institutions. To broadly share the outcomes to the library society, the NDL mainly publishes reports and distributes them to prefectural libraries, municipal libraries in government-designated cities, and national libraries of foreign countries. The NDL works to diffuse the outcomes by hosting briefing sessions at “Library Fair & Forum” and the NDL. Most outcomes are also published in “Current Awareness Portal” (CA Portal) in PDF file, EPUB file, or as text data. ...

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